COVID-19 Update January 15

COVID-19 Update January 15

  • Total: 1,762 confirmed cases in Salem.
  • Salem’s Positivity Rate for the past 2 weeks: 9.6%
  • 1 out of 17 Salem residents have been infected 
  • Salem today: 16 new cases. 168 active cases.

Once again, DHHS has screwed up. This is becoming a pattern: They screwed up Saturday, January 9, then it appeared to be ok on Sunday and Monday. Then they screwed up again on Tuesday, the 12th, but it was ok on Wednesday and Thursday. And now again, on the third day, it is screwed up yet again. Errors every one out of three days is simply not acceptable.

I don’t know where else things are wrong, but the Town data is simply not updated properly. The maps on the index page allow the user to download data. That data has today’s date, but yesterday’s numbers. Then I moved to the Interactive Map Dashboard and reviewed the metrics for Cumulative Cases and Active Cases. Again, both show today’s date but yesterday’s data. Finally, I am required to go to the Case Summary dashboard, where the Maps have been recently moved to separate tabs – making it more inconvenient. By clicking on the maps, as they jumped all over the page, I was able to get new numbers for Salem. Since Manchester and Nashua have their counts included with the counties, I was able to verify that their numbers on the maps agrees with numbers elsewhere, so I can feel confident that Salem’s new numbers are what I should have found in other locations. It’s too much work to do this for each town, so some of my community data is, again, missing.

I don’t think that anyone is trying to intentionally hide data, I simply believe that incompetent people are running our State. Note that these are the same people who are creating the website for NH residents to make appointments for vaccines. I hope that registration for Phase 1B goes more smoothly than some reports I’m hearing about some of those in the first phase who are having difficulty trying to schedule their second dose.

• • • • • • Report from NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) • • • • • • 

On Friday, January 15, 2021, DHHS announced 794 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 5.2%. Today’s results include 561 people who tested positive by PCR test and 233 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 6,574 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire. Of the results reported today: 

  • 1/5: 128 new cases today, for an updated total of 934 cases 
  • 1/13: 154 new cases today, for un updated total of 497 cases 
  • 1/14: 512 new cases 

Test results for previous days are still being processed and the total number of new positives for those days are not yet complete. Updated case counts for prior days will be reflected on the COVID-19 interactive dashboard. 

• • • • • • Community Transmission • • • • • •

  • New Cases per 100K over the past 14 days
    • All 10 counties and our two biggest cities are all significantly above 100 new cases, putting the State in a substantial level of community transmission, regardless of how we rank in the other two metrics.
    • New Hampshire: 664.7
    • Rockingham County: 620.7
    • Salem: 787
  • Hospitalizations per 100K over the past 14 days
    • All 10 counties and our two biggest cities are all significantly under 10 cases, which is considered minimal. 
  • Positivity Rate over 7 days: 
    • New Hampshire: 7.3%
    • Rockingham County: 8.5%
    • Salem: 9.6%
    • Manchester: 7.9%
    • Nashua: 9.8%

• • • • • • TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT • • • • • •

  • For the second day in a row, Salem added another 16 more people to our count of cumulative cases, bringing our total to 1,762.
  • The number of people who recovered, or were otherwise removed from Salem’s active lists, is the same as the number of new cases, so our active case number is unchanged.
  • Over 21,000 test results have been received for Salem residents.
  • Another 105 kids who are under 18 were diagnosed today. The daily average for the last two weeks is 114.3 kids. 
  • Today, NH passed 15,000 positive antigen test results, and we passed 40,000 positive PCR results, bringing the total to 55,500 total positive test results in NH.
  • Today, NH also passed 500,000 total negative test results.
  • NH’s daily PCR Positivity Rate has been all over the place over the last three weeks, but seems to have stabilized over the last four days at 5.2 to 5.4%.
  • 64 more people in long-term care facilities were diagnosed with COVID-19 today, bringing the total for the week to 268.
  • Another 865 people were reported as “recovered” today, bringing the total to over 48,000 total “recovered” people.
  • Nine more people have been hospitalized in NH, bringing the total to 953, while patients currently hospitalized decreased by fifteen, to 255. 
  • Included in those who were hospitalized today was someone in their thirties and another person in their forties. Those in their twenties actually have one fewer total hospitalized patients than there was yesterday. 
  • Also included in the people who were hospitalized in the 24-hours covered by this report is one more healthcare worker, the seventh since the new year started.
  • NH lost another 11 people from COVID-19 during the 24-hours covered by this report, bringing the total number of NH lives lost to 908, the first time we passed 900.

• • • • • • Communities • • • • • •

  • NH DHHS reports that the new cases reside in Rockingham (179), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (155), Strafford (64), Merrimack (48), Cheshire (43), Belknap (32), Sullivan (31), Coos (30), Carroll (25), and Grafton (15) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (69) and Nashua (69). The county of residence is being determined for thirty-four new cases. 
  • Active Cases 
    • The information needed to create this section was not easily available today from DHHS.
  • Cumulative Cases 
    • The information needed to create this section was not easily available today from DHHS.

• • • • • • DIAGNOSTIC TESTS IN NH • • • • • •

  • New positive cases by my math (Total of today’s cases minus previous total): 722
  • New positive cases per DHHS: 794
    • 561 PCR tests
    • 233 Antigen tests
  • Children under 18 in new cases: 105
  • % of new cases announced by DHHS today that are kids under 18 years old: 13.2%
  • Total positive cases in NH: 55,500
  • Percentage of today’s tests that are positive per DHHS: 5.2%
  • Total PCR test results reported today (Positive results plus negative results): 3,888
  • New negative results reported today: 3,166
  • Total negative cases in NH: 503,077

• • • • • • ROCKINGHAM COUNTY • • • • • • 

  • Total cases in Rockingham County: 13,470
  • New cases in Rockingham County: 179
  • Rockingham County Positivity Rate: 8.5%
  • Percent of NH cases that are from Rockingham County: 24.3% 

• • • • • • CHANGES BY AGES • • • • • •  
(Shown: Total infections, percentage of all infections, and increase yesterday.

  • 0-9: 2348 = 4% (+46).
  • 10-19: 5640 = 10% (+59).
  • 20-29: 10464 = 19% (+120). (Total count of hospitalized decreased by 1)
  • 30-39: 8205 = 15% (+102). (Total count of hospitalized increased by 1)
  • 40-49: 7496 = 14% (+88). (Total count of hospitalized increased by 1)
  • 50-59: 8916 = 16% (+120).
  • 60-69: 6037 = 11% (+83).
  • 70-79: 3284 = 6% (+50).
  • 80+: 3051 = 5% (+45).
  • Unknown: 59 = 0% (+9).

• • • • • • ACTIVE CASES • • • • • •

  • Active cases in NH: 6,574
  • Active cases in Rockingham County: 1,393
  • Percent of NH’s active cases that are in Rockingham County: 21.2% 

• • • • • • RECOVERED IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Announced today: 865
  • Total Recovered: 48,018
  • Percentage of diagnosed cases that have recovered: 86.5% 

• • • • • • HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • New people hospitalized from NH: 9
  • Currently hospitalized: 255
  • Total hospitalized patients: 953
  • Percentage of those who have been infected that have been hospitalized: 1.72%
  • Total admitted to ICU: 310
  • New hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 1
  • Total hospitalized patients from Rockingham County: 220

• • • • • • DEATHS IN NH • • • • • • 

  • Lives lost today: 11
  • Persons over 60 years of age who died today: 11
  • Persons under 60 years of age who died today: 0
  • Total fatalities in NH associated with COVID-19: 908
  • NH Residents diagnosed with COVID-19 that died: 1.64%
  • Lives lost in Rockingham County today: 1
  • Total lives lost in Rockingham County: 163

These are not simply numbers. We must not forget that these are all someone’s husband or wife, mother or father, sister or brother, son or daughter, friend or neighbor.


“The mistakes of the world are [a] warning message for you.” 

― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Hello, Salem!

Here are some facts to consider as you start your weekend:

  • There have been 94.2 million COVID-19 cases worldwide. 
  • There have been 24.1 million COVID-19 cases in the US. 
  • The US has 25.6% of all of the cases of COVID-19 in the world. 
  • There have been 2.0 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide. 
  • There have been 401.9 K COVID-19 deaths in the US. 
  • The US has 19.9% of all of the COVID-19 deaths in the world. 
  • The US has less than 5% of the world’s population. 

Enjoy your weekend, but stay smart, stay safe, and always, be kind.

~Bonnie








Compiled by Bonnie Wright, based on data obtained from NH DHHS.


The following video was posted almost two months ago. Things have changed in that time. On October 2, US deaths were 1,035,451, according to the video. (My records say 1,033,174 per WorldOmeter.) WorldOMeter now says the global death rate is 1,446,889, an increase of 413,715 in less than two months. Just please remember that there is a lot more between COVID->Death vs. COVID->Recovery. More and more, long-haulers are making the news, as are other consequences of COVID-19.



This screenshot comes from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6942e2.htm?s_cid=mm6942e2_w

This report is explained here:
https://www.clickondetroit.com/health/2020/10/20/cdc-from-january-to-october-us-had-299k-more-deaths-than-in-previous-years/


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